The PHT Nightcap – Thursday, May 20

We won’t be able to do a nightcap for every game night, but with things ending reasonably early I figured why not? Here’s a collection of today’s PHT material between yours truly and Brandon Worley.

Kurtis Foster’s infant daughter passes away – Best wishes go out to Foster and his family.

Sharks facing reality: Blackhawks are a better team– I’m in the Chicago’s really good camp, personally.

Habs’ #1 priority: Score a goal – And did they ever.

Don’t expect Carter back just yet

Lance Armstrong not happy with Versus – Not a great week for Lance.

Oilers decide new approach – What a coincidence, since you know, they have the #1 pick in the draft …

NHL hires first European official – H-hooray?

Hossa trying to solve scoring woes – Once again he’s turning into a depth scorer on a deep Central division monster of a team.

Blackhawks remember when nobody came – The United Center was like my childhood birthday parties.

IIHF apologizes to Crosby, NHL

The downside to playing hurt – Sometimes playing injured can harm your team.

First period update for Habs-Flyers

Oilers new arena resolution may come soon.

Second period update for Habs-Flyers – it almost seemed over by then.

League announces “NHL Green” campaign – Calm down Snoop, we’re talking about the environment here.

Canadiens ground Flyers 5-1 in Game 3 – Quite a role reversal there.

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    Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

    Mike Babcock
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    Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

    As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

    The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

    This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

    Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

    Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

    Alexander Wennberg, Jay Bouwmeester
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    It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

    OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

    Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

    There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

    Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.